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Widows

There’s only one way to escape from Nottingham and that’s to start a band and tour whenever possible. That seems to be Widows’ plan in any case and it’s not a bad one.

Finding themselves in Nottingham, though spiritually via NOLA, Widows are just heavy as, man. The intensity of sludge is there, the groove of southern also, as well as the drifting tones of stoner; it’s all a recipe for a tasty ear treat. Adam Joliffe’s rasping vocal stylings, meshed with the guitar tone of James Kidd just has that feel of classic noughties US southern sludge; so much so that we wouldn’t be shocked if they’re here on a work visa.

Their latest full length, OH DEER GOD from 2017, for the first time on record fully captured the lion's share of the energy which emanates from a Widows set, seeming to grab and shake you awake through the speakers. The sheer swagger on display with closing track ‘Germanium Buzz’ is a perfect way to end a tight full length. Early 2019 saw the release of the short, but meaty, 2 track EP Ten’Yer [APF018], which continues Widows’ upward trend, being an absolute banger regardless of the run time, but does the job in whetting the appetite for whatever is to come next.

Whatever it is, though, that comes next for Widows, we’re sure it’s going to absolutely slam.

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